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The Environmental Design Research Association
Assembles Esteemed Jurors for 19th Annual Great Places Awards

January 12, 2017 (St. Paul, MN) – The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces has assembled a panel of eminent jurors with diverse backgrounds in design, research, teaching and practice to judge the 2017 Great Places Awards for Place Design, Place Planning Place Research, and Book Award.

The panel includes Mark Gillem, University of Oregon/Urban Collaborative; Brian Orland, University of Georgia; David Rubin, Land Collective; Randa Tukan, HOK; and Jay Walljasper, writer and storyteller. Highlighted below are two of the esteemed jurors.

Brian Orland

Brian holds degrees in Architecture (Manchester), in Landscape Architecture (Arizona) and maintains his architectural registration in the UK.

His teaching and research focus on environmental perception, the understanding, and representation of environmental impacts and the design of information systems for community-based design and planning. He was an early developer of computer visualization for design and planning research; creating and evaluating virtual and augmented environments for describing and testing interventions in the environment; and standards and expectations for information visualization.

He taught at the University of Illinois from 1982 to 2000 and Penn State 2000-2015. In 1989 and 1996 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia. During Spring 2015 he was the Arnold Weddle Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. Much of his teaching from 1990-2000 took place in the context of the East St. Louis Action Research Project, a nationally acclaimed service learning program.

At Penn State, the focus of those interests turned to rural communities in the US responding to the impacts of natural gas development, and in East Africa responding to conflicting needs of conservation and subsistence.

His current work includes the use of serious games, visualization, and mobile devices for data collection, information dissemination, and citizen engagement in landscape design and planning. His work seeks to empower citizens as decision-makers as they face complex issues such as coastal migration in the face of projected sea-level change.

Randa Tukan,

Randa Tukan is a Senior Vice President, Director of Interiors for HOK’s Canadian Practice and global director of hospitality, based in HOK’s Toronto office.

With over 25 years of experience in interior architecture and design, both in Canada and around the world, her expertise extends far beyond the world of interiors, encompassing architecture, urban planning, landscape, and branding in a multitude of market sectors from retail to hospitality, corporate and healthcare. Her design vision is a fully integrated one, ensuring that the expectations of her clients are met and enhanced.

Randa holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Fine Arts from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a member of the advisory board for Humber College interior design program, and a site visitor for the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

With a strong focus on innovative design, Randa’s hospitality projects have won numerous design awards for many of the world’s best-known hotel brands such as Intercontinental, Marriott, Shangri-La, and Hyatt. Her projects and ideas have been published in numerous design and travel publications including Sleeper, Architizer, Boutique Design, En Route, and Travel & Leisure. Her visionary hotel of the future concept, Driftscape, is the winner of the Radical Innovation Award for 2016.

The Great Places Awards seek to recognize work that combines expertise in design, research and practice; and contributes to the creation of dynamic, humane places that engage our attention and imagination. Award-winning projects reflect an interdisciplinary approach that is enduring, human-centered, sustainable, and concerned with the experiential relationship between people and their environment (built and natural) over time.

It is not too late to submit for these awards. For more information, click here

The Environmental Design Research Association is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1969 by architects and psychologists concerned with integrating people's needs in shaping the built environment. EDRA exists to advance and disseminate environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the inter-relationships of people with their built and natural surroundings toward creation and curation of environments responsive to human needs. For more information, visit http://edra.org/.

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering  Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. For more information, visit http://www.pps.org/.


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